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Book Aid International expands to Rwanda

Book Aid International is expanding its work to provide books in Rwanda.

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Mariella Frostrup at the ICAP Charity Day, which raised £7.5m for 200 charities around the world

The library development charity sent an initial shipment of 31,801 books today (19th June) to libraries, schools and further education institutions across the country. The expansion is funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Rwanda has experienced a strong economic growth in recent years but does not have a national library service. Many of the titles sent by Book Aid International will support some of the country’s volunteer-run community libraries and the charity will work in partnership with Kigali Public Library, based in Rwanda’s capital.

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Alison Hubert

Book Aid International’s chief executive, Alison Tweed, said: “Having visited Rwanda myself and met some of the volunteers who give up their time to run community libraries I am delighted that we are now working in partnership with the Kigali Public Library to provide brand new books for the users of the community libraries.”

She added: “Thanks to the generosity of our partners in the book trade, we can provide brand new books to libraries, schools and further education institutions throughout the country, books which will undoubtedly be a huge boost for readers across Rwanda.”

The shipment sent today included early learning and children’s books, higher education texts and medical and healthcare books as well as titles covering technical and vocational skills to support further education.

Every year Book Aid International sends more than one million books to thousands of libraries in communities where people would otherwise not be able to access books. Last month it was named Blackwell’s charity of the year

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